Helicopter Personnel Escape, Protection and Survival System 670576

The United States Navy has recently proved the technical feasibility of a "fuselage capsule" as a means to save helicopter occupants following in-flight emergencies by actual in-flight initiations of a system installed in drone helicopters. This effort was undertaken as a result of a study of Navy fatal and critical injury accidents which concluded that 56% of the fatal injuries could have been prevented by use of an in-flight escape system and that an additional 25% of the fatalities and the majority of the critical injuries would have been precluded if other protective means such as fire and impact protection and emergency flotation had been available. This study is herein discussed from several aspects.


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